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'Yolocaust' artist provokes debate over commemorating Germany's past

Berlin-based Israeli satirist Shahak Shapira launches art project juxtaposing selfies of people at memorial with archive footage from concentration camps<p>Tucked away between the neoclassical pomp of the Brandenburg Gate and the lush greenery of Berlin’s largest inner-city park, the austere Holocaust …

'War On Women' Protest Signs Don’t Sugarcoat Gender Inequality

“Is the wage gap not big enough for your ego?”<p>In an effort to organize counter-programming during President-elect Donald Trump’s inaugural festivities, a bevy of bands big and small will perform protest concerts benefiting organizations such as Planned Parenthood this weekend.<p>One such group, a …

A Vengeful Arch-Nemesis Taught You Fake News About Edgar Allan Poe

Pray your worst enemy doesn't fabricate terrible things about you that then stick into history.<p>This is a true story about fabrications that improbably became common knowledge. The protagonist is a poet whose name you’ll recognize, but whose life is still widely mischaracterized. It would have been …

Why This Couple Gave Away Their Priceless Art Collection to All 50 States | #50StatesofArt | The Creators Project

<i>Dorothy and Herbert Vogel in the 1994 exhibition "From Minimal to Conceptual Art: Works from the Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection" at the National Gallery of Art, Washington. John Tsantes. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Gallery Archives</i><p>In 2008, <i>The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel</i> …

Museums

'Saving Banksy' investigates the tension between the ethos of street art and a desire to preserve it

The road to hell, the saying goes, is paved with the best of intentions, and that is very much the case with the complex art world conundrum explored in the lively, involving documentary “Saving Banksy.”<p>At first glance, Banksy would seem to be the last person who would need any kind of saving. The …

Street Art

New Netflix documentary series spotlights the work of 8 global designers

Featuring an architect, sneaker designer, and a photographer<p>Calling all design-nerds: There’s a new design documentary in town, and judging by the trailer, it looks like it’ll be just as sleek and pleasing to behold as some of your favorite products.<p>Created by Wired magazine editor-in-chief Scott …

Mithat Alam obituary: Turkey’s greatest cinephile? | Sight & Sound

The name of Mithat Alam, the most devoted cinephile I have met in my life, was trending on Turkish Twitter on one Monday in December. In a …

Mesmerizing GIFs Illustrate the Art of Traditional Japanese Wood Joinery — All Done Without Screws, Nails, or Glue

Traditional Japanese carpentry, whether used to build a dinner table or the entire house containing it, doesn’t use screws, nails, adhesives, or any …

This 101-Year-Old Latina Artist Has Been Fighting Sexism Her Entire Career

At 101 years old, <b>Carmen Herrera</b>'s abstract paintings are finally getting the attention of the art world's sexist gatekeepers, and the <i>cubana</i>, like the rest of us, thinks it has been way past due.<p>After half a century dedicated to her passion and skill, the Havana-born artist sold her first painting …

Art

Meet The Others: Aleta Lederwasch

The Game Changers. The Rule Breakers. The Innovators. Discover <b>some of the fantastic emerging talent showcasing their work at The Other Art Fair.</b><p>Aleta …

100 Days of Fascinating Black, White, and Bloody GIF Art | The Creators Project

<i>Images courtesy the artist</i><p><i>Bloody Dairy</i> is a series of 100 clever, mesmerizing, and occasionally fucked up GIFs by Taiwanese animator Min Liu, now based in New York. To sharpen her skill as a music video and ad animator, Liu embarked on a 100-day Instagram challenge to make a GIF every 24 hours. She …

Art

Considering the Ankara Assassination Photos As History Painting

I've never seen anything like the photographs of the assassination of the Russian ambassador at an art gallery in Ankara, Turkey. A pathological act …

Bold, brilliant Indigenous Australian women's art – in pictures

A new exhibition at Melbourne’s National Gallery of Victoria puts the work of female Indigenous artists front and centre. With more than 200 pieces by 118 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, Who’s Afraid of Colour? features paintings, installations, sculpture and textural work from some of …

Street Artist Turns Walls Into Melting Optical Illusions | The Creators Project

<i>All photos courtesy the artist</i><p>Immersive murals juxtapose chessboard grids with ribbons of saturated color. The divisions between geometric patterns and gradients are so effortlessly blended that the larger patterns seem created wth digitization rather than with two hands by the Argentinian street …

Street Art

A Modern-Day Cubist Examines Warped Beauty in His Murals | The Creators Project

<i>All images courtesy the artist</i><p>A graffiti artist decorates the surfaces of walls with surreal portraits of human faces, broken down and emphasized in abstract shapes. Each surreal piece blends sharp lines against lively, expressive eyes staring from creamy complexions. An accomplished muralist, …

Artists

Wild, Multilayered Portraits Look Like Intricate Paper Sculptures | The Creators Project

<i>All images courtesy of the artist</i><p>Mixing 3D modeling with carefully applied shadows, Maxim Shkret’s digital creations evoke densely layered paper sculptures. His 3D digital illustrations range from renderings of animals to figures, making you wonder whether they're paper sculptures painstakingly …

Sculpture

This Short Animation Will Make You Quit Your Job | The Creators Project

Screencaps via<p>Move over Dilbert, this film is about to make your existence petty. Handpainted with watercolors, an emotive seven-minute animated short titled <i>El Empleo</i> (“The Employment”) bizarrely captures contemporary notions of productivity through the life of one man on his way to work. Directed …

Animation

Meet the Self-Taught Curator Selling Art Without a Gallery | The Creators Project

<i>Maedchen in 3D by Tal R - printed by Lubok Verlag, all images were chosen and curated by Pablo de Pinho and are courtesy of ArtSFBlog.</i><p>It’s been nearly three years since artist, musician, and curator Pablo de Pinho launched his online art gallery ArtSFBlog. Since then, the company has sold art to …

Art

Why this artist flashes her vagina in museums and galleries

With a Go-Pro on her head, Deborah de Robertis has notoriously stripped off inside the Musée d'Orsay twice before being arrested. She tells us why it’s about more than exhibitionism<p>As Deborah de Robertis walked into the prestigious Musée d'Orsay in Paris, threw off her coat and exposed her naked …

Election Riot at CoventryJames Pollard (1792–1867) (attributed to)Herbert Art Gallery & Museum

Election Riot at Coventry<p>James Pollard (1792–1867) (attributed to)<p>Herbert Art Gallery & Museum

Surreal Painted Postcards from a Post-Apocalyptic World | The Creators Project

<i>Ring of Fire, Sandra Yagi. All images courtesy the artists and Modern Eden Gallery</i><p>An unconventional scene depicting flying swordfish reeled in by the bony hands of skeleton fishermen is filled with stringent detail by Sandra Yagi, one of four artists brought together by curator Bradley Platz for</i> …

Painting

Contemporary Istanbul Tests Turkish Market Rocked by Terrorism and Coup Attempt

Contemporary Istanbul, 2016. Image courtesy of the fair.Over its 11-year history, Contemporary Istanbul (CI) has experienced the ebbs and flows of …

Turkey

Waiter knocks thumb off Roman sculpture at British Museum

<b>A waiter working at the British Museum knocked the thumb off a priceless Roman sculpture, it has emerged.</b><p>The accident occurred in December last year, according to The Art Newspaper, but has only just come to light.<p>The waiter, who was from an external company, had bent down underneath the Townley …

British Museum

The world's largest display of Lego art features intricate replicas of masterpieces

As a lawyer on Wall Street, Nathan Sawaya felt like he needed a creative outlet. So he turned to Legos.<p>Sawaya started building sculptures from the blocks as a hobby, but got more serious about his work over time. He pursued ambitious projects like creating life-size sculptures of people, and found …

Lego

Shady past

David Hockney: It is a kind of joke, but I really mean it when I say Caravaggio invented Hollywood lighting. It is an invention, in that he quickly worked out how to light things <i>dramatically</i>. I’ve always used shadows a bit, because that’s what you need below a figure to ground it, but mine are more …

The Cleanup of Detroit Has Erased Graffiti History - VICE

<i>All photos by the author</i><p>I was shocked when I drove through Detroit earlier this year. Throughout much of the city, the buff had advanced like an unstoppable disease. Blotchy gray, white, and brown stains of paint covered up almost every bit of graffiti in sight. Even side streets and back alleys …

Street Art

Visual memory and what Picasso was really seeing

The painter’s recall was exceptional, but he always used it to create something new, says Christine Temple<p>Did an exceptional visual memory give Picasso an edge in his capacity for artistic excellence? Studies show that the drawing ability of children correlates with their visual memory; those who …

This 8-bit Stranger Things short is everything fans could wish for

If you’re into Netflix, horror or 80’s-inspired TV shows, you’ve probably caught up on the recent hit series Stranger Things.<p>Its scary plot and retro aesthetics have already inspired tons of fan content, but now YouTube channel CineFix has created a well-made remake of the popular Netflix …

Art masterpieces cleverly recreated for the 21st century

Tania Brassesco and Lazlo Passi Norberto are a well-known duet of artists from New York. By bringing their efforts together, they created a number of …